Do you keep a gratitude journal? For years, I’d heard of others talking about the benefits of keeping a daily gratitude journal. But, truthfully, I never really believed it would make much of a difference in my life. It was only when my husband started saying “can you just say something nice” almost every day, that I knew I needed to make a change in my attitude.
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My bad attitude had turned into a nasty habit. And, quite frankly, I was scared of turning into a pestering wife and nagging mother that only speaks in criticisms and complaints. My family deserved more from me.
Do you ever have days where you feel like every word that comes out of your mouth is either pestering someone else to do something or bemoaning the fact that something or someone didn’t live up to your standards?
If your answer is yes, then you may need to transform your baditude into a habit of gratitude.
What’s a baditude you say? Well, it’s exactly what you think it is: Bad + Attitude = Baditude (no it’s not really a word, but it totally should be!).
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So, how are we to accomplish all of our responsibilities with a smile and a good attitude?
You Can Choose Joy By Actively Practicing Gratitude Daily
When I heard this quote from Brené Brown, I knew that I would never choose joy in my life until I began a practice of gratitude:
Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice. – Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
This truth was eye-opening for me – you can choose joy by living from a place of gratitude. And this requires you to actively practice gratitude on a daily basis.
I found this beautiful book on Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh Demoss. Her book taught me how to be intentional about living from a place of thanksgiving.
Cultivate a Daily Habit of Gratitude With A Daily Gratitude Journal
Starting a daily gratitude journal is a great place to start a daily practice of gratitude.
I created and use this Daily Inspiration Planner every morning to write down at least 5 things I am grateful for every day. Sometimes I write more than 5, but I always write down at least 5.
Healthy habits aren’t formed overnight. It takes dedication, focus, and a desire for a better, happier life to make that habit stick.
For me, practicing gratitude daily encompasses more than just keeping a gratitude list. The Bible is sprinkled with verses that talk about the importance of giving thanks to God.
In addition to listing out what I am grateful for each day, I also list out my praise for my Creator. After all, I wouldn’t have anything to be grateful for without Him.
End Your Day in Thanksgiving
Finally, at the end of the day, I also write a list of things I give thanks for that happened during the day.
And I have to tell you, this daily practice of both starting and ending my day with gratitude has made a positive difference in my attitude.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still have days where there is more baditude than gratitude. But this daily practice makes me more aware of my word choice and attitude throughout the day.
What’s happened is that it is much easier for me to transition from a negative focus to a more positive one.
If you don’t already have a daily practice of gratitude, I challenge you to begin one. You can grab your free copy of the Daily Inspiration Journal here to help you with your practice.
If you already have a daily practice of gratitude, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.